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Profiling the ten most populous cities in the United States during ten critical eras of political development, Cities in American Political History presents a unique singular focus on American cities, their government and politics, industry, commerce, labor, and race and ethnicity. This title analyzes the role that large cities from New York to Chicago to San Jose have played in U.S. politics and policymaking. Each entry is structured for straightforward comparison across issues and eras. The city profiles include basic data and statistics for the era and are accompanied by maps of each era and the largest cities at that time.

Chapter 1. Cities in the Revolutionary Era, 1776–1790
Chapter 1. Cities in the revolutionary era, 1776–1790

After starting out as small villages in the seventeenth century, a few American cities had reached urban-scale populations by the latter half of the eighteenth century. By 1775 the population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was approximately forty thousand—making it one of the largest in the whole British Empire. The population of New York City was twenty-five ...

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